'Generalist' and 'domain-specific' are two terms that are frequently used to categorize repositories.
Domain-specific repositories are repositories which store data from a specific subject or field. They may accept a limited number of data types or file formats, use specialized metadata and vocabulary, or otherwise restrict the data that can be submitted and accessed. Examples of domain-specific repositories include the Data and Specimen Hub (DASH), Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), and Biologic Specimen and Data Repository Information Coordinating Center (BioLINCC).
The NIH has provided general guidance on selecting a repository for data storage or searching for data to reuse. You can review their recommendations here but they are also summarized below. Consider repositories with the following features:
The NYU HSL Data Repository Finder was developed to help NYU Langone researchers identify suitable repositories to fulfill data sharing requirements. You may be prompted to log in with your Kerberos ID if you are working off-site or not connected to the institutional network. A public-facing option is the Network of the National Library of Medicine Data Repository Finder.
Additional repository features to consider for data from human subjects include: